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Table 2 The estimated average cost per test of Ag-RDT implementation in UKHD

From: The economic cost of implementing antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 screening in high-risk transmission settings: evidence from Germany

SCENARIO COST ITEMS DEDICATED MODE NON-DEDICATED MODE
CAPACITY OBSERVED HYPOTHETICAL ASSUMPTION
60% 80% 100%
UKHD Protective gear € 0.68 € 0.53 € 0.48 € 0.46 € 0.47
Test + consumables € 5.58 € 5.58 € 5.58 € 5.58 € 5.58
Staff € 20.12 € 10.95 € 8.21 € 6.56 € 6.56
Overhead - variable € 0.64 € 0.34 € 0.29 € 0.26 € 0.27
Overhead - fix € 2.37 € 1.53 € 1.30 € 1.18 € 1.19
Building € 0.31 € 0.14 € 0.11 € 0.08 € 0.09
Equipment € 0.04 € 0.02 € 0.01 € 0.01 € 0.01
AVERAGE COST PER TEST € 29.73 € 19.08 € 15.98 € 14.14 € 14.17
(+) PCR CONFIRMATION € 30.12 € 19.47 € 16.37 € 14.53 € 14.56
SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS LOW € 14.40 € 12.21 € 11.02 € 11.06
HIGH € 24.45 € 20.45 € 18.30 € 18.34
Staff time per-test: Minimum 8 min, average 12 min, maximum 16 min
  1. *Some variable costs, such as protective gear, are reusable items, thus their quantity does not increase proportionally to the test volume